Bechtel Project Receives National Safety Award

05 March 2012 SAN FRANCISCO

Waste Treatment Plant is First Construction Project to Receive Safe-in-Sound Award

Bechtel Corporation announced today the Waste Treatment Plant, also known as the "Vit Plant," received a 2012 Safe-in-Sound award from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the National Hearing Conservation Association. The award honors companies that have demonstrated dedication to hearing loss prevention through workplace programs and practices.

The Vit Plant—which is being designed and constructed by Bechtel National, Inc. (BNI), a member of the Bechtel group of companies—is the first construction project to receive the award. The project was recognized for its innovative strategies to address challenges in the areas of noise monitoring, risk evaluation and risk communication; for adopting the NIOSH-recommended exposure limits; for promoting active involvement of the workforce; and for encouraging the adoption of their strategies across Bechtel.

"Safety, at all levels, is a value at the Vit Plant, and we remain committed to ensuring the health and welfare of all our employees," Frank Russo, BNI project director, said. "This recognition demonstrates that our comprehensive safety program, which includes an extensive hearing-loss prevention program, is viewed as effective and fully embraced by our employees."

Bechtel’s design and construction of the Vit Plant will protect the public and the environment by responsibly solving the serious problem posed by the 56 million gallons of radioactive waste, a byproduct of plutonium-production during World War II and the Cold War era, currently stored in underground tanks in southeastern Washington State. The Vit Plant will immobilize the liquid waste by turning it into glass using the proven vitrification technology.

A global leader in the engineering and construction industry, Bechtel strives to provide a safe work environment for each employee and maintains a safety performance record considered among the best in the industry.